Thursday, February 7, 2019

Rock Hall 2019: 30 best albums from this year's class. put together a list of their top 30 albums from this year's Rock Hall inductees, and The Cure had 6 on the list:

2. The Cure – “Disintegration” (1989)

Not only is “Disintegration” the Cure’s creative masterpiece. It’s quite simply one of the greatest rock albums ever made. Not surprisingly, the album became a huge success on the strength of singles like “Love Song” and “Pictures of You.” But it’s the album emotionally devastating material that grounds it. This is gothic rock 101 and the foundation of emo music heading into the 1990s.

12. The Cure – “The Head on the Door” (1985)

It’s the album that made The Cure a big success and remains one of its most enduring (and endearing) bodies of work. And all it took was the band lightening up a bit. On the heels of some truly dark material, Robert Smith embraces pop music more than ever, leading to some of The Cure’s most iconic moments, like “Close to Me,” “Inbetween Days” and “Push.”

16. The Cure – “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” (1987)

“Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me” is all over the place, almost always for the better. Robert Smith and company don’t get bogged down in moodiness. In fact, the band doesn’t get locked into one style at all. For every moment of sadness, The Cure goes big with its sound as well, highlighted by the brilliant “Just Like Heaven.”

19. The Cure – “Pornography” (1982)

“Pornography” was a huge leap forward for The Cure, even if the album wasn’t a huge hit. It’s just as dark as “Faith” but with more bite to it. The Cure would surpass it with albums that followed. But “Pornography” was a major piece of the puzzle for future masterpieces.

23. The Cure – “Faith” (1981)

Believe it or not, “Faith” may be a bit dark even for diehard fans of The Cure. But that’s part of its brilliance. Robert Smith was one moody dude. But it’s Simon Gallup on bass that sets the tone. “Faith” is an album steeped in sadness. But there’s beauty within the gloom.

28. The Cure – “Seventeen Seconds” (1980)

The Cure’s debut felt like more straightforward power-pop and pop-driven punk. But the band’s sophomore effort, “Seventeen Seconds,” sits in the darkness. It’s the first true indication of Robert Smith’s emotionally haunting vision, with lyrics about fear, doubts and insecurities. It’s not as gloomy (or quite as powerful) as an album like “Faith.” But “Seventeen Seconds” foreshadows everything great about The Cure in the 1980s.